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Most Primitive: 328thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,648thMost Devout: 4,720th
The Borderlands of
Authoritarian Democracy Slightly Oppressive But A Little Discipline Never Hurt Anyone State
From Many, One
Influence
Vassal
Civil Rights
Unheard Of
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Very Good

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Sanaq

Population411 million

Currencystone
Animalcamel

The Borderlands of Sanaq is a huge, safe nation, renowned for its fear of technology, anti-smoking policies, and compulsory military service. The hard-nosed, democratic, devout population of 411 million Sanaqians are prohibited from doing almost everything except voting, which they do timidly and conservatively.

The enormous, moralistic, socially-minded government prioritizes Administration, with Welfare, Spirituality, and Law & Order also on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 83.8%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Sanaqian economy, worth 26.3 trillion stones a year, is driven entirely by a combination of government and state-owned industry, with private enterprise illegal. However, for those in the know, there is a slick, highly efficient, highly specialized black market in Trout Farming, Pizza Delivery, and Uranium Mining. The private sector mostly consists of enterprising ten-year-olds selling lemonade on the sidewalk, but the government is looking at stamping this out. Average income is 63,922 stones, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

The government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced, the election for Leader's office's janitor is heating up, NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests, and the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a very well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Sanaq's national animal is the camel, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Sanaq is ranked 52,681st in the world and 5th in The Story of Civilization for Largest Black Market, with 2.34 trillion Standard Monetary Units.

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Most Primitive: 328thMost Ignorant Citizens: 1,648thTop
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Most Devout: 4,720thLargest Trout Fishing Sector: 5,168thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,920thMost Conservative: 11,066thTop
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Highest Average Tax Rates: 12,627thBest Weather: 13,151stSafest: 15,565thMost Advanced Public Transport: 15,798thMost Beautiful Environments: 20,577thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 20,652nd
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Most Eco-Friendly Governments: 1st in the regionMost Ignorant Citizens: 1st in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 1st in the regionSafest: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 1st in the regionMost Primitive: 1st in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 1st in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 1st in the regionTop
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Most Devout: 2nd in the regionBest Weather: 2nd in the regionMost Conservative: 2nd in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 2nd in the regionLargest Governments: 2nd in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 2nd in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 3rd in the regionMost Pacifist: 3rd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 3rd in the region

National Happenings

Most Recent Government Activity:

  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, the saying 'break a leg' is now taken literally.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, NationStates is now a popular brand of laxatives despite Max Barry's protests.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, the election for Leader's office's janitor is heating up.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, the government keeps introducing new foreign species to combat the previous ones it has introduced.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, elections have become procedural nightmares due to voters persistently rejecting candidates.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, the song 'They Got an Awful Lot of Coffee in Sanaq' is a smash hit.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, fur coats have become the latest fashion trend.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, the country's population is reported with a margin of error of several billions.
  • : Following new legislation in Sanaq, referenda are held for every conceivable government action.
  • : Sanaq published "Gnostic Chirhine" (Factbook: Religion).

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